Olympic ski jump by terrain:loenhart&mayr



A ski jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, designed by Munich-based architects terrain:loenhart&mayr has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009.


The cantilevered, 100 meter long inrun track is accessed via 332 steps or a diagonal elevator, which lead to three competition decks.


The jump will be officially opened during the International Four Hills Tournament 2009, at the end of this month, following a temporary preview opening last January.


The following information is from terrain:loenhart&mayr:



The Olympic Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one of the most renowned facilities of its kind, having hosted the New Year ski jumping competition as part of the international Four Hills Tournament for over 55 years. Now, after the temporary premiere in January 2008, the new Olympic ski-jumping sports facility will be officially opened in December of this year.


Due to a required upgrade of the jump to the advanced technical standards of the International Skiing Federation (FIS), the construction of an entirely new ski jump was inevitable. Among projects by Zaha Hadid Architects, Behnisch Architects and others, an international architectural competition in autumn 2006 led to the decision to erect a cantilevering structure as the new landmark of ski sports in the valley of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


In the course of designing the ski jump, the terrain:loenhart&mayr office drew inspiration from the local topography of mount Gudiberg. The connecting lines of the new ski-jumping facility are an interpretation of the gentle curved lines of the outposts of the chain of mountains. Through its integrative and linear aesthetics of undulating lines, the new design of the jump ties in separate functional entities, including delivery and access points, to form a dynamic landscape-building unit.


As much the goal was to develop a topographically rooted architecture for the new Olympic ski-jumping hill, it is meant to work in a dialectical mode: topographic integration links up with sculptural expressiveness, giving the new jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen its unique characteristic appearance. At the same time, its architectural impression and formal dynamics also invites associations with the risk and acceleration of the ski-jumping sport.


The quest to overcome gravitation, inherently linked with ski jumping, is architecturally expressed by the cantilevering inrun of the ski jump. In the more than 100-metre-long inrun structure, athletes, coaches, press representatives, and visitors can walk up the 332 steps of the “Jacob’s ladder” to arrive at the three competition decks. Alternatively, and less strenuously, the decks can also be accessed with the newly developed diagonal elevator.


Athletes have nicknamed the new facility the “Olympic Cantilever”. The design of the inrun track is also a novelty. The jump is virtually independent of the weather in winter due to its minimal snow volume requirement and energy demand. Thanks to the additional thermoplastic track, the jump can be used in summer without having to be converted.


The entire inrun structure is covered with translucent polycarbonate elements whose appearance changes with the daylight and respective lighting. During the day, the new jump forms a harmonious unity with the surrounding snowcovered landscape. Light and shadow on the while panels establish a suggestive relationship with the surrounding winter landscape. After sunset, the artificial light illuminates the architectural body from inside, turning the cantilevering building into an illuminated sculpture that is visible even at great distance in the valley of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Design and planning of the jump, landing bridge, and and landscape architecture:
terrain: loenhart&mayr BDA architects and landscape architects;

Structural design and structural planning:
Mayr | Ludescher | Partner, advisory engineers, Munich

Design and Planning of Jurybuilding, Technical Equipment:
Architects Sieber+Renn, Sonthofen, Germany

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Posted on Wednesday December 17th 2008 at 12:41 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Ben

    love it

  • Not sure I buy the inspired local topography thing, as this jump looks like a revised version of their Holmenkollen jump. Fantastic cantilever though. The translucent panels do well to reveal the structure within. This is a great revision for an already attractive project.

  • bb

    my graduation project was for this area. walked around the old ski jump in 2006. feels funny to see it built. as if i saw my gaduation project standing :o)

  • Julian

    Well, one cannot quite talk of a “revision”, since this project apparently was conceived in 2006 as the text states … quite stunning so …

  • very nice. Wouldn’t it be nice if ski jumping was as interesting as this launch?
    I imagine it must be fun to do but it is rather boring to watch on tv. They should make it so you can get bonus points for landing on obstacles or something.

  • Dalia

    Isn’t it beautiful! I did not know about the project and this office. What a find! I love how this structure is almost hovering over the ground while it is huge. I’d like to see more. You can blame them for not publishing more extensively. Go get on the covers!

  • Azm

    Yes Beautiful!!!

  • Ulrike Liebl

    On top of the ski jump the view over the valley is amazing and my respect for ski jumpers grows exponentially. I won´t realize such a jump, but the building makes me very curious to try it. So I keep on dreaming of ice, air, speed, elegance – and a little snowflake

  • Pierre

    January First! Today is the inauguration of the completed jump, right? Here my prediction for the competition turn-out: If it is only close to the appearance of this project then they must be flying …. to the moon! Happy New Year to terrain … thanks for sharing

  • HOP

    Apparently JDS got heavily inspired for Holmenkollen by this project!

  • wow! amazing photos. all image is very nice and beautiful. I really like it.

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